Fans echoed this joyful refrain as the 14 inning baseball marathon came to a close with a beautifully executed double play. Many of the Tiger loses this year have come in the final frame. Mizzou was due!
Both teams displayed quality pitching throughout this contest. The Tigers received strong pitching from their workhorse, Nathan Culp. He allowed only one run through seven innings. Things unraveled for the Junior hurler in the Eighth Inning as the Anteaters chased him scoring 3 runs. The big blow came from UCIâ€™s Cody Cipriano who plated two runners with a triple and scored on an error.
The Anteaters also received strong pitching from starter Glenn Swanson and relievers Blair Erickson and Scott Gorgon. The Tigers recorded 16 hits but were only able to plate four runs. Missouri tied the score 1-1 in the 5th inning when Gary Arndt took the Swanson pitch over the left center fence for his 5th home run of the season.
Things looked bleak for the Tigers heading into the top of the 9th inning down two runs. Brock Bond and Evan Frey began the inning with two singles and later scored on a UCI error and fielder's choice.
There would be no more scoring as Travis Wendte pitched five scoreless innings. Senior Taylor Parker recorded the win with a scoreless 1.2 innings. Both pitchers pitched out of some serious jams in the later innings.
The Tigers went up for good in the top of the 14th inning, when freshman Ryan Lollis drove in senior J.C. Field with what would turn out to be the game winning run.
Missouri overcame four errors and a couple of base running blunders to outlast the Anteaters.
It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting to watch an incredible baseball game. The sun soaked crowd of Missouri fans cheered on the boys in Black and Old Gold throughout the late morning and early afternoon in the Golden State. The Tigers will face the UCLA Bruins in another elimination game on Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific Coast Time.